Stories from the history and science of cosmetics, skin-care and early Beauty Culture.

Recent Stories

Princess Pat


In 1907, Max Martin Gordon married Fannie Berezniak and soon afterwards they started their own cosmetic company based in Chicago.

Compressed Air Massage


In the late 1950s, the Paris pneumatic system helped Jacques Courtin (Clarins) develop a new beauty treatment.



Developed by Dr. Abraham D. Murphey and marketed by his daughter Edna Murphey the antiperspirant was originally called Odor-o-no but changed its name to Odo-ro-no in 1914.

Deodorants & Antiperspirants


Products developed to control underarm wetness and odour are some of the most widely used items produced by beauty industry and generate huge sales volumes today.

Daggett & Ramsdell


Daggett & Ramsdell grew from a New York drug store into an international American brand through the development of a new cold cream.



Early beauty experts thought that blackheads were produced by dirt caused by a failure to keep the skin clean.

Yardley (post-1945)


Yardley underwent a number of operational changes in the years following the war and then major changes when when Britain became the world centre of music and fashion in the 1960s.

Charles of the Ritz (post-1936)


In 1936, Charles of the Ritz was sold to Benjamin E. Levy and Richard B. Salomon.

New Booklets

Princess Pat: The Promise of a Princess (1923)

Added: 8th August 2017

Princess Pat: For You — Exquisite Beauty (c.1932)

Added: 8th August 2017

Story Updates

X-rays and Hair Removal

Updated: 16th August 2017

Thermolysis and the Blend [Major]

Updated:16th August 2017

Panchromatic Make-up

Updated: 8th August 2017

Cosmetics Timeline

Updated: 8th August 2017

Company Timeline

Updated: 8th August 2017

Arden Screen and Stage Make-up

Updated: 3rd August 2017


Updated: 24th July 2017

Iontophoresis and Desincrustation

Updated: 13th June 2017 [Major]

Enlarged Pores

Updated: 1st May 2017 [Major]


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  8. Hazeline Snow


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